Obama Says GOP’s Biden Inquiry Promotes ‘Russian Disinformation’

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Former President Barack Obama’s office called Senate Republicans’ investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s activities in Ukraine ,

An effort “to give credence to a Russian disinformation campaign” in a letter Obama’s office sent to the National Archives. The letter represents Obama’s strongest reaction to date to Republican efforts to investigate unsubstantiated claims that Ukraine ,

And not Russia interfered to help President Donald Trump win the 2016 election.The letter, first reported Tuesday by BuzzFeed News, came in response to a November request from Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin ,

And Chuck Grassley of Iowa for records of White House meetings “between and among Obama administration officials,

Ukrainian government representatives, and Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials.” Johnson is chairman of the Senate’s Homeland Security ,

And Governmental Affairs Committee, and Grassley leads the Senate Finance Committee. Their request came at the beginning of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry of Trump and was part of their effort to prove the unfounded theory, backed by Russia,

Trump and other Trump-allied Republicans, that it was Ukraine and not Russia that interfered in the 2016 election. Obama’s March 13 response came on letterhead from the “Office of Barack and Michelle Obama”

And was signed by Anita Decker Breckenridge, a former White House deputy chief of staff who is now the records representative to the former president. The letter never mentions Biden by name,

But says the Republican senators’ request was out of line. Biden’s son Hunter held a position on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma while his father was ,

Democrats’ effort to impeach and remove Trump from office was based on revelations that he sought to instigate an investigation into the Bidens by threatening to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless its leaders complied with his requests to do so.

 

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